Bar: IGP’s stand on IPCMC a crucial change from his predecessors

PETALING JAYA: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun's stand on the formation of an independent police complaint and misconduct commission (IPCMC) is a significant and crucial change from the position that had been taken by his predecessors, the Malaysian Bar said today.

In welcoming Fuzi's statement on IPCMC, Malaysian Bar President George Varughese said police should extend their fullest support and cooperation to the government in the setting up of the IPCMC.

It will prevent the good name of the police from being continually tarnished by the wrongdoers in their midst, he said.

"Although 13 years have passed since the IPCMC was first mooted, it remains as relevant — if not more so — today as it was then," he said.

"The IPCMC should be viewed as an independent body that will strengthen the police as an enforcement agency, by helping it to uphold its motto, 'Tegas, Adil dan Berhemah' (Firm, Fair and Prudent) and not as an attempt to undermine the police."

The Bar urged the government to fulfil its pledge and establish the IPCMC without further delay.